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n. Informal
1. A reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the dickens for being late.
2. Used as an intensive: What in the dickens is that?

[Alteration of devil (influenced by the name Dickens).]


informal a euphemistic word for devil: what the dickens?.
[C16: from the name Dickens]


(Biography) Charles (John Huffam), pen name Boz. 1812–70, English novelist, famous for the humour and sympathy of his characterization and his criticism of social injustice. His major works include The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Old Curiosity Shop (1840–41), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Little Dorrit (1857), and Great Expectations (1861)


(ˈdɪk ɪnz)

devil; deuce (usu. prec. by the).


(ˈdɪk ɪnz)

Charles (John Huf•fam) (ˈhʌf əm) ( “Boz” ), 1812–70, English novelist.
Dick•en•si•an (dɪˈkɛn zi ən) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dickens - a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
exclaiming, exclamation - an abrupt excited utterance; "she gave an exclamation of delight"; "there was much exclaiming over it"
2.dickens - English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)Dickens - English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)


n (euph inf: = devil) → Teufel m ? devil N c
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In the dining-room, behind the dresser, three or four books were discovered: an odd volume of Thackeray, another of Dickens, a memorandum-book or diary.
Walk fast now till you get away from the houses, and then shin for the raft like the dickens was after you
But I hate to hear 'em abuse him so like the dickens when he never done -- that.
His cheeks were shaved, and his whitening beard and moustache were worn somewhat after the fashion of Charles Dickens.
He found out how to do with wires what Dickens did with words.
And I’ve seen sugar of his making, which, maybe, wasn’t as white as an old topgallant sail, but which my friend, Mistress Pettibones, within there, said had the true molasses smack to it; and you are not the one, Squire Dickens, to be told that Mistress Remarkable has a remarkable tooth for sweet things in her nut- grinder.
How the dickens did the man get the wrong side of the ceiling-cloth?
Now where the dickens did you get that knowledge, Hira Singh?
Beckford, -- in all the crack novels, I say, from those of Bulwer and Dickens to those of Bulwer and Dickens to those of Turnapenny and Ainsworth, the two little Latin words cui bono are rendered "to what purpose?
Tarr and Professor Fether"; such bits of extravaganza as "The Devil in the Belfry" and "The Angel of the Odd"; such tales of adventure as "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym"; such papers of keen criticism and review as won for Poe the enthusiastic admiration of Charles Dickens, although they made him many enemies among the over-puffed minor American writers so mercilessly exposed by him; such poems of beauty and melody as "The Bells," "The Haunted Palace," "Tamerlane," "The City in the Sea" and "The Raven.
You open a book and try to read, but you find Shakespeare trite and commonplace, Dickens is dull and prosy, Thackeray a bore, and Carlyle too sentimental.
In the 'all this afternoon,' he has said, 'I have seen by chance the dickens of a funny occurrence.